Donate Cell Phones to New ‘Phone Brigade’ Program, an Innovative Recycling Initiative Launched by ReCellular and TerraCycle
ReCellular and TerraCycle encourage consumers and organizations to donate cell phones to help kids, communities and the environment
The partnership provides a convenient solution for TerraCycle to expand their upcycling efforts to include consumer electronics. TerraCycle first launched the Brigade concept in 2006, paying schools and non-profits to collect 20-ounce soda bottles. TerraCycle’s Brigade concept quickly became a grassroots phenomenon, with more than 20,000 participating locations by the end of 2008. In just two years, the programs raised more than
Based on the success of their bottle and wrapper brigades, TerraCycle decided to expand their upcycling collections to help address the estimated 65,000 tons of cell phones that are discarded every year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these phones could pose a toxic risk in landfills, but their small size and percentage of valuable materials make cell phones ideal for recycling.
Anyone can sign up to participate in the TerraCycle Phone Brigade. For program details and to donate cell phones, visit http://www.terracycle.net/cellphone/cellphone.htm. After registration, volunteers will receive donation boxes for collecting and shipping phones. Like other Brigade programs, volunteers will be compensated for each item they collect – which provides schools and other grassroots organizations with an innovative way to augment their strained budgets. More significantly, TerraCycle has found that the Brigade programs offer a turn-key environmental education program that empowers kids to make a difference in their own future.
After volunteers donate cell phones through the Brigade, the phones will be delivered to the
Since its founding in 1991, ReCellular has worked to revolutionize the electronics sector by creating a second life for used mobile devices. Partnering with leading wireless carriers, retailers, Fortune 500 enterprises and charities, ReCellular collected over 5.5 million phones and raised over
“Economic, social and environmental sustainability have been at the core of our business long before the term ‘triple-bottom line’ was coined,” says
Since its founding in 1991, ReCellular has endeavored to make the world more ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable. As the world’s largest green-tech firm focused exclusively on mobile devices, ReCellular provides solutions for the collection and processing of equipment that exceeds the stringent data security and audit requirements of government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Processing more than 5 million phones annually, ReCellular’s efforts have raised over
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